drilldown

As currently used in information technology, to drill down (verb) is to focus in on something.

As currently used in information technology, to drill down (verb) is to focus in on something. A drilldown (noun) is the act of focusing in.

The term is sometimes used when referring to moving down through a hierarchy of folders and files in a file system like that of Windows. It may also mean clicking through a series of dropdown menus in a graphical user interface.

Microsoft's Visual Studio Analyzer is said to "provide easy drilldown," possibly meaning that it allows the user to get quickly to a desired function or work unit.

The term drillup is also reported in the multi-dimensional data access query language (MDX), which contains the keywords DRILLDOWNMEMBER and DRILLUPMEMBER as well as TOGGLEDRILLSTATE.

This was first published in April 2005

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